COMMISSIONING A PORTRAIT
COMMISSIONING A PORTRAIT:
For answers to your questions about commissioning a portrait with me, I welcome you to visit "Commissions" and "Pricing", and review more examples of my portraiture at http://www.monaconner.com .
Lead time required for a portrait commission is commensurate with the detail and the technique being utilized. For any further questions please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A note that on occasion I post drawings from life, as well as drawings of nude models, as it is an important traditional practice which improves my ability in portraiture.
All images and content of this blog are © Mona Diane Conner 2014 and may not be reproduced
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Monday, December 16, 2013
Scanned detail of Peggy from "After the Party", a portrait of Peggy and Marcelo
Here is a scanned detail from a portion of the portrait of Peggy and Marcelo. When
comparing it to the camera shot I took in my previous post you can begin to see
the obvious advantages of having a pro scan done, or in this case of knitting one
together as a best effort.
Thursday, November 21, 2013
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Sunday, October 6, 2013
Here is an egg tempera portrait in progress which I have returned to after some time off from it, and it's of my brother, Kit and his son (my nephew) Greg, which is being painted from a photograph I took of them in 1989.
Greg is now attending law school in Chicago, and my brother, now a father of four and soon to be a grandparent, works as a judge, so life has changed in many ways since those days. The picture was also taken on my parent's 40th wedding anniversary, of which they eventually had 57 before my father passed away in 2007. Since that time, as those of you following my work will know, my Mother has remarried to my step-Dad, Harry.
Here following are a few more photos from that same family anniversary party on June 3, 1989.
|Kit's oldest son Greg who is now 24|
|Kit and Greg|
Posted by Mona Diane Conner at 9:33 PM
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Thursday, August 1, 2013
Here I am with Mike and Lil as they are today, at a fond reunion I had with them and their family members recently in the Campbell, Pritchard, and Murphy ends of their respective families, to share the surprise that this painting is in the works as a gift from Mike to Lil, my former husband and former mother-in-law. They still feature as great and much beloved friends in my life, along with Mike's two dear sisters, Lori and Kathy Campbell, and his aunts, cousins, and dear partner Paul. Below you can see my panel painting in it's most recent stage of progress, with the background garden and wisteria vine which will surround part of the outer border yet to come.
Posted by Mona Diane Conner at 2:44 PM
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
A detail from my portrait of Peggy and Marcelo called "After the Party," in progress
My mother/son portrait of Lil and Mike in progress, which will have a garden background
added this week.
It's been a while, since I've had a few health issues still to contend with, but I've been
at work, albeit more slowly. I'm getting there with the portrait of my sister Peggy and brother-in-law Marcelo, and have added into it more depth of detail, such as shown here in the detail of my sister. The portrait of Lil and Mike is also still a work in progress, and will have some background elements added now that a start on the figures has been established.
Posted by Mona Diane Conner at 2:30 PM
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
|my progress with "Frances and Dylan", 8" x 10", egg tempera on panel|
Here is my latest on my commission of Frances and Dylan, and I'm wishing to thank Andrea and Stephen, Frances and Dylan's parents, for their patient wait while I was recuperating from heart ablation surgery enough to continue with my commission work for
them and for others.
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Thursday, March 28, 2013
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
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Tuesday, March 5, 2013
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Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Monday, February 18, 2013
Sunday, February 17, 2013
Saturday, February 9, 2013
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Sunday, January 27, 2013
|Knit Scan Detail #2 from the portrait of Catherine and Dick Marshall|
And to follow up, here is a second detail of Dick Marshall from the same portrait, this time created from three scans which are knitted together from top to bottom.
To learn more about how to knit scans, just google the topic, or click on this easy tutorial I found at about.com.
Sunday, January 20, 2013
Saturday, January 5, 2013
"Emily", approximately 9" x 12", carbon pencil and pastel on gray Mi Teintes paper
And a camera shot of the entire drawing of Emily, 11" x 14"
(regrettably I did not get this model's name, am working on it and will add it here if I can), approximately 9" x 12", carbon pencil and pastel on gray Mi Teintes paper
"Teddi", approximately 15" x 18", carbon pencil on paper
Happy New Year everyone, and I hope it will be a great year for all of you!
Here are some of my favorite drawings from the SVA Alumni drawing sessions in 2012.
Some don't entirely fit on my scanner and some are cropped from a camera shot, which is why they are labelled "approximately" in size. My thanks to Tom, our moderator, and to each of these great models for posing for us, and I'm looking forward to more of these drawing sessions in 2013 when they resume later this month.
Monday, December 3, 2012
"Frances and Dylan", and brother and sister portrait in progress, 8" x 10", egg tempera on panel
While I'm finishing up Peggy and Marcelo's couples portrait, here is another portrait commission currently in progress, of brother and sister, Frances and Dylan. I've known their extended family all my life, and it has been such a special pleasure for me to be working on this portrait of Andrea Littell and Daniel Stephens' daughter and son. Thank you Andrea and Dan!
Posted by Mona Diane Conner at 8:32 PM
Thursday, November 8, 2012
Saturday, October 20, 2012
"Self Portrait at 34", 3 3/4" x 3", egg tempera miniature portrait on Kelmscott vellum
the framed portrait
I'm delighted to learn today that I have won a portrait award for my self portrait in miniature! It's an Honorable Mention in Portraiture from the Miniature Painters, Sculptors, and Gravers Society of Washington D.C. in their annual international miniature competition. I hope to be able to attend the opening weekend of this great show on Nov. 17 - 18, and the first public showing will be on Sunday, Nov. 18, from 2PM to 4PM at the beautiful venue of Strathmore Mansion in North Bethesda, MD. This show, which is the 2nd largest miniature painting show in the U.S., continues through Dec. 29, 2012, and my portrait along with two other miniature paintings of mine will be for sale at the show.
To read more on the development of this painting which was done from photos I took with the self-timer of my camera at a younger age, please visit my earlier post:
And for details on attending the show in person, please visit this link: mpsgs.org
Posted by Mona Diane Conner at 4:07 PM
Labels: portrait award, portraits by Mona Diane Conner, The Miniature Painters Sculptors and Gravers Society of Washington DC
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
A detail of Dick, in progress.
Portrait of Kat and Dick in progress, with ground being laid for a basket of wood to the left of Dick on the fireplace.
My portrait of Kat and Dick is nearing completion, with some pinstripes and background details still to establish. Looking at my progress on the computer is a big help sometimes, making it obvious what needs to be done next. After taking an update photo, I subdued the light on Dick's head a bit more before making a scanned detail.
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Sunday, September 9, 2012
Thursday, September 6, 2012
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
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Thursday, June 7, 2012
|Peggy and Marcelo in progress, 19" x 27", pastel on Pastelmat|
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Saturday, June 2, 2012
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Sunday, May 6, 2012
|"Amelia's Starry Night", 3" x 2 1/2" (6 1/2" x 4" framed), egg tempera miniature portrait on Kelmscott vellum|
|(shown slightly larger for detail)|
|And here is a picture of little Amelia in April with her first ponytail! Is this little girl cute or what?!!|
This is a portrait of Amelia, daughter of Erika and Brian Boccia. Amelia's mom, Erika, is my sister-in-law's niece. As with the portrait "Carol By Moonlight", I used a new gemstone pigment in my pigment collection made from lapis lazuli along with the other blues in the sky of this painting.
Posted by Mona Diane Conner at 8:24 PM
Thursday, May 3, 2012
|"Carol By Moonlight", a miniature portrait of Carol Curtiss, in it's silver oval frame|
|"Carol By Moonlight", 3 3/4" x 3", (shown enlarged for detail), egg tempera on Kelmscott vellum|
P.S., as I forgot to mention this earlier in my post, Carol's portrait was the first where I included with my egg tempera a pigment powder that I bought this year which is made from real lapis lazuli (ground from the actual gemstone). It is mixed in with the other blues in the sky and water, and it's subtle, but the pigment seems to have a slight shimmer to it. It was fun to try it out in a painting with lots of blue.
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
|"JOHN, Study #1", 15" x 17", carbon pencil and pastel on Mi Teintes paper|
|"JOHN, Study #2", 19" x 16", carbon pencil on paper|
|"SELENA" (detail), 17 1/2" x 14 1/2", carbon pencil on paper|